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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
There are numerous clones of grape varieties and you might hear a winemaker speaking about blending wines of various types of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Some Napa friends, for example, are fond of the character contributed to their wine by Clone 6, but they point out the bunches are not compact and the crop level tends to be small.

There's Clone 4, which apparently we can see in the snapshot above.

We took this photo in a Sonoma County vineyard within the Alexander Valley appellation, a prime site for Cabernet.

The Clone 4 is said to come here from Argentina's Mendoza Valley and it was originally identified as Merlot.  But then it was correctly identified as a Cabernet Sauvignon clone and now it's called Clone 4.  Winemakers describe its wine as having, typically, a mildly herbal tone.

More prominent today is Clone 337, a grape coming directly from France's Bordeaux region.

Few consumers, though, have any interest in knowing precisely what clones comprise their bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Similarly, we can't recall anyone request a Pinot Noir made of a specific clone.

Someone interested in such detail would certainly be termed as being a "wine geek," as few people care about such wonky minutiae.  

But many vintners are cognizant of such detail.
One Napa Valley winery owner told us they did not need to blend Merlot and other varieties into their Cabernet as, with all the various clones they grow, "we already have a complex blend of characters."



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We've routinely been tasting new wines...looking for good value and wines which over-perform for their price.

Stop by and we can give you a little "tour."


We were pleasantly surprised by the drinkability and charm of the Tre Monti Sangiovese called Campo di Mezzo.
It's from Emilia-Romagna, just a short drive southeast of Bologna.  No oak.  No Cabernet.  No Merlot.
Just pure, unadulterated Sangiovese.
Sale price is $14.99.



Two weeks ago we splurged on a bottle of the 2007 Terlan Pinot Bianco.  They call it "Rarity," as the wine is matured on the spent yeast for about ten years in stainless steel after its year, or so, in large wooden vats.  The wine retails for close to $200 a bottle and it was very good.
A few days later we opened a few bottles of Italian whites, including this "Terlaner" from the Terlan winery.  It's predominantly Pinot Bianco with a bit of Chardonnay and a drop of Sauvignon Blanc.  It was the best white of that tasting.  The apple and pear fruit of the Pinot Bianco takes center stage...no oak coming through here.
Damned good and it stood up to our Artichoke Risotto, too.
$26.99


The Domaine R. Dubois is run by a brother & sister team (she's the winemaker and he takes care of marketing and sales) whose history goes back hundreds of years in Burgundy.
We have a mildly toasty Hautes-C˘te-de-Nuits Blanc...Chardonnay with a mildly toasty note.  $32.99
Their Bourgogne Rouge from 2019 is also very good and well-priced at $24.99.

 


A 2019 Moulin Ó Vent, a top cru from the Beaujolais region, was not only of good quality, it's well-priced at $19.99.
The wine comes from sustainably-farmed vineyards...20% of the fruit is destemmed before the fermentation with about ten days of skin contact.  It's a medium-bodied Beaujolais that's immediately drinkable.

 


We have a marvelous Italian rosato from Puglia.
It's made entirely of the Negro Amaro grape...very fresh, peachy and melon-like.
Dry.
$15.99


Ercole Barbera comes from Italy's Piemonte region.
It's an economical bottling intended for "by the glass" service in a restaurant where they can charge customers $8-$10 a pour.  It's in a liter sized bottle...just $15.99!  Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink.
People who've purchased their first bottle are now returning for an encore.


The 2019 Saddleback Zinfandel is a delicious, gentle red from old vineyards in Napa.
And Saddleback has an old winemaker, too: our friend Nils Venge!
$48 at the winery...Sale priced at $39.99.
Berries and spice and everything nice.


We purchased a bottle of the 2019 Nino Negri white blend from Italy's Valtellina region.
They're famous for a number of Nebbiolo wines and make a blend featuring Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and about 10% Nebbiolo that's vinified, as they say, in bianco.
The Sauvignon dominates the blend and this 2019 is the first one we've brought in since the 2013.
It's lip-smacking delicious!
$39.99



That Cabernet we mentioned winning (by a wide margin) a recent blind-tasting arrived.

It's the 2018 Titus Napa Cabernet.  The winery price is $62, while our sale-price is $49.99.
It's a big, dark, purple-colored wine with black fruits, cassis, berries and some sweet oak notes.
One customer who purchased a bottle on our recommendation last week, called the following day and asked for a case!
Yes, it's that good.

 

 

 



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Ellen had her picture on the front page of the New Year's weekend Daily Journal, a local newspaper here in San Mateo County.

They did a story about holiday sales of wines and liquors, so we were mentioned (and quoted) in that.


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The store is fully stocked...lots of good value bottlings and numerous "fancy" wines, too.

Stop by and we can give you a little tour...Socially Distant, of course...Don't forget a face mask!

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GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE...


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Had a nice mention in the Wall Street Journal's 2016 story about wine store signage:
CLICK HERE

The Most recent mention, September of 2017, is this one...Things Wine Shop Owners Detest...
CLICK HERE

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Australian Wine Writer Jim McMahon wrote a nice article published on the web site of the New South Wales Teachers Federation.
CLICK HERE

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Did you see the article in the local newspaper, by the way?
CLICK HERE.

It was printed just before New Year's Eve...

 

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"Quality first" is our mantra.
As professional wine scouts, we navigate the vast ocean of offerings to find exceptional wines and exceptional values.  We look for good wines which have "soul."  Given that so many consumers are willing to settle for mainstream, mass-produced wines, our selections often come from off-the-beaten path locales and, we suppose, are not for everyone.  But if you have taste for good wines, stop by the shop!  They start at about five bucks and go up from there.
We take the guess-work out of buying wine.
By the way, the four of us here are not "on commission."  Some stores offer incentives for the sales staff.
We work for you!

 

SOME PEOPLE KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING
We are dinosaurs in the wine business.  Weimax has been open since 1961 and Gerald has been in the business long enough to remember when young, upstart wineries such as Caymus and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars opened their doors and charged all of $3.75 a bottle for Napa Cabernet!

If you buy wine because it has a cute label or was given a 90-point score by someone, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you think you're really getting a deal buying a second bottle of some over-priced plonk for a nickel, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you're impressed by a huge selection featuring hundreds of factory-made wines of mediocre quality, we're probably not your wine outlet.
If you think you're really getting a deal at the grocery store with inflated prices on their wine to give you a hefty percentage discount, we're probably not your wine outlet.

On  the other hand...

If you like wines made by the winemaker and not marketing department geniuses, we have some interesting bottlings for you.
If you're looking for wines which "taste more expensive" than they cost, we have many discoveries to share with you.
If you're interested in broadening your enological horizons, stop by and have a chat!
If you're a fan of wines "made for adult" palates, please visit us...

 


This site is a "work in progress."  It is updated regularly.  
We are wine lovers and write this for wine lovers.

We offer a large selection of wines for tasting Monday through Saturday in The Tasting Room.  We also organize formal, blind-tasting comparisons. There is a growing archive of tasting results, so you might check that out while you're viewing this site.
Click Here To Take A Peek of the Tasting Results



Those of legal drinking age are welcome to peruse this site.

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We do not purchase wines on the basis of favorable reviews by various publications.
 
If you're looking for numerical scores of wines, you won't find them here.
Unlike about 98% of Wine Shop sites, we write our own copy based on personal opinion and first-palate tastings.
This is a Parker-Free and Wine Spectator-Free Zone.

We hope this site will encourage you to stop by our shop and peruse the incredible selection of wines in store.
We make every effort to assure the accuracy of availability and pricing, but as we are only human....


SHIPPING AVAILABLE ALONG THE WEST COAST. 
$9 for the Box (12 bottles) , $23 for UPS.
$5 handling per box for gift orders.
No Shipments to Utah,
Massachusetts or New Jersey, please.

Additional Fine Print:
Non-California residents are responsible for determining whether they may lawfully import alcoholic beverages into their state. We make no representation relative to your right to import wine or spirits into your state. Each state has its own rules about alcoholic beverages. Better check before calling us with an order.
We are not responsible for shipments damaged due to weather.  Next day air or 2nd Day Air shipments are routinely handled with more care, so you may wish to request those services.
We are not responsible for the weather (like, duh!), so shipments to places with extreme temperatures are a risk.  We will not assume that risk.

WE DELIVER LOCALLY...CHECK THIS PAGE FOR INFO
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The 2015 CASTELLO DI VERDUNO BAROLO is not designated as a "cru" or single vineyard wine, but we understand the grapes are from the Boscatto vineyard in Verduno.
It gets about 3 weeks of skin contact to extract color and tannin.
The 2015 is one of the showiest vintages we've tasted of this bottling and it's showing well presently and should develop additionally over the next decade, or so.

$49.99/bottle

 

Small Print:  One free taste per household...one free taste of a particular wine per person.
You must be 21+ years of age.

 

 

 


HEY!  We were listed amongst Food & Wine Magazine's 125 "Favorites" in the October 2003 Issue.
Thanks, Food & Wine!


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We built this site ourselves using Microsoft's Front Page.  
We "upgraded" to a new Microsoft program called Expressions...big mistake!
While FrontPage was intended for novices, the new program is
intended for "experts" and programmers.  Most "experts" we know
view Microsoft with derision, much like wine drinkers look down
their noses at Gallo.
Now we know why.

We have been informed that Netscape's Navigator doesn't present this format quite exactly as it is intended.  Sorry about that.  We have also noticed it appears differently on our browser than it appears as we've built it!  Go figure...

 


"UNCLE BOB" GORMAN
1937-2012

Bob was in reasonably good shape in his later years.
In 2012 he had a bout of Bells Palsy in late Spring...
In early November he had a "dizzy spell" but said the hospital tests were all fine.
Two weeks later he apparently suffered a stroke or seizure and ended up in the hospital.
A series of further setbacks ensued and Bob passed away on Thanksgiving Day of 2012.

He was a bon vivant, world traveler and gourmand.
He appreciated art and photography, was a mushroom hunter and good cook and genial host.
Bob wrote a book on California wine in the 1970s, a series of nice essays on various varietals, with commentary on various wines and various food affinities.

Bob was especially proud that his book had been panned by The Wine Spectator, while garnering good reviews from Gourmet Magazine's wine guru, Gerald Asher.
Julia Child also had been a fan of Bob's book, apparently.

He is greatly missed by Weimax regulars and his colleagues behind the counter in the shop.  

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Jon Bonne, of the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote a nice article on "old" wine books.  
The March 2014 article featured a photo of a bunch of Jon's favorites, topped by Bob's tome.

Read Jon's article by CLICKING HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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